Thursday, 1 August 2013

He waited till all in the chapel had knelt and every least noise was still. Then, raising his head, he repeated the act of contrition, phrase by phrase, with fervour. The boys answered him phrase by phrase. Stephen, his tongue cleaving to his palate, bowed his head, praying with his heart.


----O my God!----
----O my God!----
----I am heartily sorry----
----I am heartily sorry----
----for having offended Thee----
----for having offended Thee----
----and I detest my sins----
----and I detest my sins----
----above every other evil----
----above every other evil----
----because they displease Thee, my God----
----because they displease Thee, my God----
----Who art so deserving----
----Who art so deserving----
----of all my love----
----of all my love----
----and I firmly purpose----
----and I firmly purpose----
----by Thy holy grace----
----by Thy holy grace----
----never more to offend Thee----
----never more to offend Thee----
----and to amend my life----
----and to amend my life----

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He went up to his room after dinner in order to be alone with his soul: and at every step his soul seemed to

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